A man smokes opium in Peking, with an attendant holding a tobacco pipe, circa 1905. Picture: Alamy
Jason Wordie
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Then & Now by Jason Wordie

Hong Kong history: the fortunes built on opium – including those of many of its richest families

During the 18th and 19th centuries, most of those involved in commerce on China’s coast had connections to the opium trade, whether they like to admit it or not

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A man smokes opium in Peking, with an attendant holding a tobacco pipe, circa 1905. Picture: Alamy
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